In Memoriam: Dame Elizabeth Taylor
By Chantel Delulio
It truly marked the end of the era when legendary actress Elizabeth Taylor passed away on Wednesday, March 23rd due to complications with congestive heart failure.
Born February 27, 1932, Taylor started out as a child actress, getting her start at nine years old in “There’s One Born Every Minute.” But as time wore on, she made the transition into adult roles, becoming one of the most beloved starlets of the silver screen. Indeed, over the course of her career she appeared in over 50 films. A remarkable actress in her own right, Taylor was awarded the Oscar for best actress twice (for “Butterfield 8” and “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf”).
Yet she was just as well known for her glamorous, off-screen lifestyle. Her roles in such films as “Cleopatra,” “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof,” and “The Sandpiper” established her as one of the most beautiful and desired women of Hollywood’s Golden Age. She was a fixture of the tabloids known for her eight marriages and her battles with addictions to alcohol and painkillers.
Though her acting career more or less waned after the 1980s, Taylor dedicated herself to other endeavors including a great deal of charity work. She was most notably a champion for fighting AIDs, a cause she took up after the death of friend and former costar Rock Hudson.
Though Taylor will undoubtedly be missed, she leaves behind her a legacy as one of Hollywood’s most iconic and beloved stars.
March 25, 2011
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